THE HEALTHY BEDROOM CHECKLIST
Pillows & mattresses
Pillows could be breeding grounds for excessive amounts of allergens such as bacteria, mold spores, and bed mites, leading to allergy symptoms such as a sore throat, headache, nasal congestion and skin irritation. You should replace pillows at least once per year if they are not washable. Also, use an anti-allergy cover to protect your pillow, and change the pillowcase every few days. As for mattresses, it requires regular cleaning just like the rest of your bedroom -roughly a third of your life is spent on your mattress, and it has the skin flakes, bodily fluids, dust mites, bacteria, dust and grime to prove it. One way you could protect your mattress is by lining it with a protective cover that’s impermeable to dust mites, fluids, and small particles.
Houseplants add a bright splash to your bedroom, besides helping to purify the air. However, if you tend to overwater them, not only will your plants eventually succumb to root rot, but it is quite likely that their soil will become home to mold spores that can trigger allergic symptoms in those susceptible to asthma or airborne allergies. The solution to this is to only water houseplants when the top of the soil is dry and to never leave them sitting in a tray of water.
Pets are family members, but when it comes to bedtime, they are better off in their own cozy beds, not sharing yours. Not only are pets likely to disrupt your sleep, but their fur is full of allergens such as mold spores, bacteria, dust, and pollen. If you prefer to keep them close, then get your pet its own bed next to yours and you will be most likely to sleep better.
Scented paraffin candles could be another problem as when burnt, they release harmful chemicals such as benzene and toluene while the scent itself is actually an irritant to those with chemical sensitivities. You can minimize the risk by burning beeswax or soy candles, staying away from candles with metal center wicks and keeping a window cracked open while the candle is burning.
Who would not want their bedroom to be clean and sparkling, but do you know that your regular cleaning products could cause eye irritation, respiratory problems, and headaches? Many commercial cleaning products contain aggravating fragrances, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other irritating ingredients. It is advised to use natural cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals instead. An even better option is to use effective, simple DIY cleaners like vinegar to keep your bedroom clean.